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Venture Catalysts

Venture Catalysts is Asia’s largest & No. 1 Integrated Incubator. It provides investment of
$500K to $1MN per startup with incubation support for 1 year. It was established in year 2016
and in a short span of just two years, it boasts of successful incubatees like Fynd, Beardo,
PeeSafe, Innov8, vPhrase, SuprDaily, DSYH etc., which are today category leaders.
It is one of the largest early stage players in India with 3000+ angel investors spread across 11
cities in 3 countries - India, Hong Kong & Qatar. Globally, marquee investors such as
YCombinator, Great Oaks Venture, Axis Capital, Alpha Capital, Rocketship, FJ Labs (investors
of Airbnb, Uber, Facebook) have co-invested with Venture Catalysts.


With its focus on developing startup ecosystem in Tier II, III cities in India, Venture Catalysts
has launched its incubation program in cities like Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Raipur, Surat and
Nagpur besides metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata. These centres not only
offer incubation support to startups but also organise regular investor education sessions for
potential angel investors viz. HNIs & industrialists.


Besides raising seed stage and Series A investments for startups, Venture Catalysts is known
for its startup building capability, strategic guidance, generating business leads, leveraging
its network across the globe through its partners and providing phenomenal returns to its
investors. It is evident from the fact that more than 10 incubatee companies of Venture
Catalysts have raised Series A investment in the last two years especially when the market
had not been very upbeat.


On one hand, India’s most influential HNIs such as Riyaaz Amlani from Impresario Group,
Ashwin Kakkar from Mercury Travels, Sourav Ganguly - former captain of Indian cricket team,
Sunil Kothari from Om Metal Group, Apurva Parekh from Pidilite Group, Apurva Chamaria
from HCL Technologies and many such accomplished individuals have chosen Venture
Catalysts as their preferred investment partner. On the other hand, many serial
entrepreneurs like John Kuruvilla (ex-cofounder of AirDeccan), Lalit Menghani (ex-associate
director at Milestone Private Equity), Rahul Manek (ex-partner at Reliance Private Equity),
Munaf Kapadia (receiver of Forbes 30Under30) etc. have chosen Venture Catalysts as their
preferred angel investor group at the time of starting their next entrepreneurial journey.


Venture Catalysts is co-founded by Dr. Apoorv R. Sharma, Mr. Anil Jain, CA Anuj Golecha and
Mr. Gaurav Jain which bring along a strong combination of mentoring track record, capital
and network. Each funded/ incubated startup is curated by an accomplished seven member
boards comprising of eminent personalities like Mr. Anand Ladsariya from Everest Flavours,
Mr. Abhishek Bhagat from HDFC, Mr. Aniruddh Damani from Artha Ventures, Mr. Ankush
Tiwari from Mobilia, Mr. Daud Ali from Italica Furnitures Ltd, Mr. Vishal Maheshwari from
VuKlip India and Mr. Sameer Shah from Sattva Investments. Since 2016, Venture Catalysts has
invested USD 52.5M / INR. 315Cr in 37 companies. 2 of the companies have got acquired -
Beardo (acquired by Marico) and Siftr (acquired by APUS). 50% of incubated companies have
raised next round of financing.


Today, Venture Catalysts has taken the leadership position in startup investments and
incubation and has been rated as India's top Early stage Investor by leading national media.

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